Meir Dagan defends statements made by former Shin Bet security service chief, criticizing Netanyahu and Barak over Iran; Minister Gilad Erdan says Dagan sabotaging international efforts to halt Iran’s nuclear program; ex-PM Olmert joins in defense of Dagan, Diskin.
ed note–the sudden ‘turning’ on the part of Dagan, Yiskin, Olmert and others against the policies and person of Netanyahu can–in my opinion–best be explained and understood by the following comparison.
Albert Anastasia was a brutal Mafia gangster in the early part of the 20th century. One of the heads of Murder Inc (said to be responsible for as many as 700 murders) Anastasia loved perpetrating violence just for the sake of violence. And, as with most such people who live by the sword, his behavior eventually became erratic and irrational to the point that he was a liability to the organized crime structure as a whole. He was getting too much press because of his personal behavior, threatening the delicate balance that existed (and must exist) between organized crime, politics, police and the public.
So, Anastasia’s associates–realizing that his erratic behavior was bringing too much attention to organized crime activities, decided he had to go for the sake of the ‘greater good’ and Anastasia was murdered as he sat in a barber chair in Manhattan.
Likewise with Netanyahu–his constant bellowing for war against Iran is making it more and more difficult for Jewish interests to counter the various theories swirling around concerning Jewish power and the ability of this cabal to steer the foreign policy decisions of America and other Western countries. Every time he opens his mouth, mob lawyers such as Abe Foxman, Elie Weisel and others find it increasingly difficult to say with a straight face that ‘Jews don’t control Amerca’.
And it is for THIS reason that we see individuals such as Dagan, Yiskin & co coming out in this fashion and labelling Netanyahu a nut. They hope that by doing so he will shut his mouth and allow the situation to cool down a bit and thus an increasingly Jew-wise world to go back to sleep so that this cabal can then get back to the work that it does.
An embarrassing confrontation broke out on Sunday during a panel discussion at a New York conference, when former Mossad chief Meir Dagan accused Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan of lying, while Erdan replied that Dagan is sabotaging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to put a halt to Iran’s nuclear aspirations.
At the conference, sponsored by the Jerusalem Post in New York, the two also exchanged harsh words after Dagan warned Erdan over the so-called “Dagan law,” forbidding former security officials to issue open statements until a certain cooling period wears off.
“As in Germany, you know where you begin but you don’t know where you end,” Dagan told the audience.
The exchange erupted after Dagan was asked about statements made by former head of the Shin Bet security service Yuval Diskin. Diskin criticized Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Friday over their bellicose stance on Iran, as well as what he called the premier’s unwillingness to advance peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.
Dagan said that Diskin was his friend, and added that he “spoke his own truth.” “Diskin is a very serious man, a very talented man, he has a lot of experience in countering terrorism,” he said, adding that he “talked about a matter that is close to his heart.” Dagan also dismissed criticism of Diskin for not voicing his opinion to Netanyahu and Barak earlier. According to Dagan, Diskin had done so “in close quarters and on many occasions.”
“I have no doubt that the Israeli Air Force is able to destroy the infrastructure of Iran’s nuclear program – but five minutes later, Israel would find itself involved in a regional war, involving Hezbollah and possibly Syria,” the former Mossad chief said.
Dagan also said that an attack would bolster the support for the Iranian regime as opposed to the sanctions imposed by the international community which have been eroding its public support.
He added that a regional war would lead the superpowers to impose a settlement with the Palestinians on Israel – a settlement which he vehemently opposes. Erdan replied that “if Diskin thinks things are so dangerous, he should not have stayed in his post for five years and agree to a sixth year. He should have resigned.” Dagan intervened at this point and countered that “I may be impolite, but I prefer the truth be told.”
Erdan then said he would prefer if “Mossad chiefs do not sabotage Netanyahu’s efforts to garner the world’s support against Iran. He also referred to Diskin’s description of Barak and Netanyahu’s “messianic tendencies,” and asked, “Is this how a serious man, as you describe him, speaks?”
Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, also present at the conference, came out in defense of Dagan and Diskin, saying that they have “contributed much more to the safety of Israel than those who are criticizing them.”
With Dagan and former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi sitting next to him on the stage, Olmert responded to Erdan’s criticisms while the envionmental protection minister was still on stage too, saying, “These people are not necessarily enemies of Israel. And we have to ask – what has happened that all the leaders of Israel’s security services suddenly think in the same way?”
Olmert went on to ask, “Until they expressed their opinion in public they were brave and admired fighters – and suddenly they are enemies of Israel, suddenly they don’t care about Israel’s security?”
After the panel, Erdan continued to slam Diskin and other senior security officials for attacking the government, saying that they are causing damage to Israel’s security.
“The fact that someone in the security establishment says something doesn’t make him a saint,” Erdan said. “To sabotage the government’s political efforts is to damage the security of the state.”
Erdan continued his attack on former Mossad chief Dagan, saying that “it is unclear how such a man landed such a senior post.” Referring to Dagan calling him a liar, Erdan said that it is a shame that the former Mossad head “employs such low rhetoric.”
Earlier on Sunday, Dagan said that Iran’s leadership is using “smart” diplomacy to advance its nuclear program, and that the Iranian threat is not a “quarrel” between Israel and Iran, but an international issue.
Dagan described President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s regime as “smart” and “a master of diplomacy that heads forward consistently to achieve its nuclear objectives.”